With 2019 officially here, it’s the perfect time to look back on what shaped us in 2018. Whether last year was good or bad, filled with tears of joy or sadness, or you lived your best life, it’s important to reflect on what happened last year, and grow from it.
The only place to start talking about my experience with online dating is to remember when I was crying on a sidewalk in front of my university’s library on a warm September evening.
With one day until Christmas, there’s just barely enough time to listen to some holiday tunes. However, we’ve heard the bells jingle since we were kids. Rudolph’s nose probably has dead batteries. Santa may not be able to come to town this year, due to the government shutdown. It’s 2018, a year that was progressive and voices were raised as they spoke on important issues. Representation for women and people of color was seen in television and movies. Social media united us as we navigated the murky waters pop culture and tried to decipher Trump’s tweets. This year was unlike any other and proved that change was possible. However, I think we need to switch up what we listen to every December 25.
For those who struggle with their mental health, the holidays can be a stressful time.
With movie based streaming services dominating how I enjoy entertainment nowadays, it is hard to convince myself to become an avid YouTube-watcher again. Netflix and Amazon Prime don’t make me feel less than because I didn’t buy a Gucci belt today or I’m not sponsored by Glossier. Instead, for an hour or two, I can stop comparing myself to the teens who seem to have it all and just be.
President John F. Kennedy once said, “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.”